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Most Common Resume Search Terms

Nine Most Common Résumé Search Terms

Your mom's advice to be yourself in any anxiety-inducing situation can certainly be applied to your job search, although not all applicants have been remembering the wise words of mom. A recent CareerBuilder survey found that half of hiring managers have caught a lie on a résumé and the fibs include things like embellishing responsibilities and faking academic degrees.

CareerBuilder also polled the managers to find out the words they most commonly search for when filtering résumés. Many use electronic scanners to select résumés that contain the qualifications they're seeking. As long as you're not lying so that you can incorporate some of these search words, try and include them in your updated résumé for a better shot at making it through the scanning process. Here are the most common search terms along with the percentage of hiring managers who mentioned them.

  • problem-solving and decision-making skills (50 percent)
  • oral and written communications (44 percent)
  • customer service or retention (34 percent)
  • performance and productivity improvement (32 percent)

There are five more search terms, find out what they are when you


  • leadership (30 percent)
  • technology (27 percent)
  • team-building (26 percent)
  • project management (20 percent)
  • bilingual (14 percent)


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bethie85 bethie85 8 years
Thank you, Savvy, for all the useful resume tips!!! You are helping the unemployment rate, one resume at a time!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Bookmarked for hubby - thanks.
Matamoros Matamoros 8 years
My customers in Europe do not even want a resume for international consultants... they just want to see their 'skills matrix' filled in. This is useful for techies and a clever way to pack your resume with keywords. Use it as kind of an index, or appendix to your resume. This works. You get to pack your resume full of keywords and it will pop up on more 'radars' that way. Trust me. It works. I built a resume search engine, among others. :)
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
i always hate including that stuff, because it all seems like meaningless filler. but i suppose that's why i'm having a hard time getting responses, ha!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Very cool. I use a lot of those already, so I guess I'm on the right track.
chancleta chancleta 8 years
awesome savvy thanks!
chancleta chancleta 8 years
awesome savvy thanks!
Matamoros Matamoros 8 years
Keyword searches are the most important. Make sure you try to sneak in as many keywords as possible. The best fisherman baits his hook for that particular fish he wants to catch. A job seeker should do the same. Carefully read the advertisements for the position you would like and find a way - without LYING - to get those keywords in there. Company names are also commonly sought after, if you worked for a company in the Big 5 (now Big 4); make sure that company name is on your resume! Don't use dirty tricks! (Black Hat techniques.) It gets people really angry. Tricks like stuffing your Resume full of keywords in WHITE TEXT. It will show up in a search that you did this and not score you any points at all. If you want to stuff your resume full of keywords, use something like a 'skills summary' and build up a table at the end of your resume. This will help your resume get picked up by the keyword search. If you want a job in Europe, make sure that the word "Curriculum Vitae" is on your resume. In Europe, they call a resume a "CV", which is short for "Curriculum Vitae". It's the same thing as a resume. The reason you want this on your resume is because when recruiters do a keyword search, they include the word 'vitae', which only appears on European resumes. Then they know that by using Google, they can get stacks of resumes! Get your resume online somewhere where the most recruiters can find it using recruiter tools like CV Fox! CV Fox is a resume search engine. You want things like this to find your resume!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Thanks Savvy!!!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Thanks Savvy!!!
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
thanks! im off the update mine right now!
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